Lazy Summer Weekend! NOT!

Morning light across the Georgia Straight!

Morning light across the Georgia Straight!

How intense the blue!

How intense the blue!

It is over! Our one big social event of the Summer!  Now I can relax and get back to a “normal” rhythm!

July has been a very busy month.  Look for a pattern of mine in the Vogue Knitting Holiday edition – that was two weeks of frantic knitting.  Our big social event – we have a party every summer.  And life – it was just busy.

I haven’t blogged as much.  Not enough time and not much interesting going on.  I have kept on walking every weekend.  This last weekend we walked at Neck point and Morrell.  There were a few good pictures.

I need to finished the front opening - the first attempt was bad - I am contemplating options.  I am thinking beaded crochet.

I need to finished the front opening – the first attempt was bad – I am contemplating options. I am thinking beaded crochet.

Love the rest of the piece though!  Buffalo Wool Co mini luxury skeins - how to create a project from scraps!

Love the rest of the piece though! Buffalo Wool Co mini luxury skeins – how to create a project from scraps!

The knitting is constant.  Right now I am halted on a small project that needs a good finish.  As I contemplate it I am finishing off another project that just needs the sample done so that I can release the pattern.  I have 3 other patterns that I am working on – they should be ready by the end of the long weekend.

Koigu #6 is due out at the end of this week and I have a shawl pattern in it.  I can hardly wait to share.  I am very proud of this one.  It is one of the best I have designed!

A local resident of Neck point - keeping cool!

A local resident of Neck point – keeping cool!

By many standards we don’t get too hot here – but we get hotter than I like sometimes – and this Summer has been a warm one so far!  The heat saps my energy!

Another floral in it's own little vase.  Collecting is so much fun!

Another floral in it’s own little vase. Collecting is so much fun!

You know that I have started to collect “florals”.  Lovely little bouquets of china flowers made, mostly in Great Britain and mostly from the mid-twentieth century.  This new one is special.  yesterday a new box arrived via the mail.  A Gorham silver vase/candleholder with a Coalport floral bouquet insert.  Once the silver was polished – perfection.

I hope that your Summer is everything that you want!

I hope that your knitting is on track and your visitors are many!  I hope that you are as busy as you like – that includes as lazy as you like as well!

Happy Viewing!

Lynette

Can you see him - a perfect camouflage, hidden in the shadows!

Can you see him – a perfect camouflage, hidden in the shadows!

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Upper Colliery Park

The waters of the Upper Colliery lake were a constant background - appearing and disappearing through the trees as we walked around the lake.

The waters of the Upper Colliery lake were a constant background – appearing and disappearing through the trees as we walked around the lake.

Incredible skies and reflections.

Incredible skies and reflections.

Free flowing sunlight.

Free flowing sunlight.

It has been a wonderful string of gorgeous days here. On Sunday morning we walked around the Upper lake in Colliery Dam Park. It was shady and cool under the trees. There were dogs and people swimming in the lake – a very idyllic day.

As we walked around the lake the waters would appear and disappear through the trees.  The skies were an incredible blue.   The lake was perfectly calm, reflecting everything around the edge of the waters into the water.

Light cascades down the trunks of the trees to the lakeside.

Light cascades down the trunks of the trees to the lakeside.

Dragonflies flit everywhere, hovering and landing randomly.

Dragonflies flit everywhere, hovering and landing randomly.

There were dragonflies everywhere, flitting over the surface of the lake and landing idly and leaving quickly as we approached.

The temperatures during the day here have been unusually high, but around the lake and in the shade they were perfect.

A very relaxing walk.

Happy Viewing

Lynette

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On Knitting!

Gridlines - cover ready!

Gridlines – cover ready!

Lots on the go right now! A Gallery of current projects, projects needing patterns and glimpses of upcoming releases. No time to write – have a new deadline for Vogue Holiday edition!


I hope that your knitting is cruising along!
Lynette

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Froggy went a Courting….

It was a beautiful day for courting!

It was a beautiful day for courting!

Waiting and watching!

Waiting and watching!

Today at Morden Colliery Park Sophie disturbed a couple of frogs in the marsh. One of them stayed around to be photographed!

It was a gorgeous day at Morden.  The trees were lush and green and the shade that they provided was a welcome relief from the heat that we are now experiencing.  The walk was punctuated by a breeze that would spring up and then subside – providing even more cooling.

LOL!  I know – we are never happy with the weather!

Perfect Big Leaf Maple - high overhead and illuminated by the sun!

Perfect Big Leaf Maple – high overhead and illuminated by the sun!

The birds were in full song.  Clear and piercing though the calls were, the birds themselves were well hidden by the dense undergrowth.

I love the wild flowers at this time of year the colours are fresh and intense against the greens behind them.

In particular Queen Anne’s Lace is endlessly fascinating to me.  From the curled up buds to the fireworks opening of each stem to the solid white display of flower.  Every stage is beautiful!

The River was sparking in the Sun.  Small leaves were drifting down  and the skies were so blue!

The River was sparking in the Sun. Small leaves were drifting down and the skies were so blue!

I hope that you have a great day.  Today we are celebrating my son Gareth’s birthday!

Pretty much everything is done.  It will be a cold supper.  I roasted the Chicken this morning and most of the salads; Tzatiki, Pea’s, Tomato and Salami, are already done.  Only the Greek Salad is left to put together.   I hope that it will be just about perfect for this weather.  Dessert will be Strawberry’s and Angel Food cake with lots of Whipping Cream.

Beth will be home for the evening as well – a perfect ending for the day!

Happy Summer Times

Lynette

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Rainy Day Weekend….

The tangle of trees branches overhead protected us from most of the rain.

The tangle of trees branches overhead protected us from most of the rain.

A rare find at Morrell

A rare find at Morrell

Through another door, what lies around the next corner.

Through another door, what lies around the next corner.

There is something special about rainy days – the mood is quieter and the light is softer.  Colours are more subdued and then more vibrant as the light changes and the rain is heavier or lighter.

Sometimes the sun breaks through and then everything glistens as the sunlight reflects off of the rain falling and the water on all of the surfaces reflect and refract light.

The sun momentarily breaks through.

The sun momentarily breaks through.

Here there is another world - everything in miniature built on a mountain of a rotting tree trunk.

Here there is another world – everything in miniature built on a mountain of a rotting tree trunk.

Magic is to be found on the Yew Loop - Gnome homes are seen all along the walk.

Magic is to be found on the Yew Loop – Gnome homes are seen all along the walk.

Distances are different as well.  The water in the air curves light and some views come closer and others move far away.  There is magic in water and light.

This last weekend we walked the Nanaimo River Regional Park and the Yew Loop at Morrell Sanctuary.  The Yew Loop is home to many Gnomes – magic walks here.

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Both walks were wet, but drier under the trees and they both were glowing green!  I hope that you enjoy your walks.

The River Walk was a little tamer.  The trees framed views on both sides of us and the flowers really popped against the greens that surrounded them!

Happy Walking

Lynette

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Grid Lines, Buffalo Falls and The Wanderer’s

Gridlines - a Voyageur Style Cap for the Buffalo Wool Co.

Grid Lines – a Voyageur Style Cap for the Buffalo Wool Co.

Lots of Fun Details!

Lots of Fun Details!

Over the last week and a bit I have been working on three small projects for the Buffalo Wool Co.  The first one – Grid Lines – I finished a few days ago.

Grid Lines is a hat with a pedigree.  It is loosely based on the Voyageur caps of old.  A little fuller and longer than a toque, usually hemmed and not ribbed at the start.  An original Cap would have been finished with a tassel and the end would be left to hang or sometimes the end would be folded and tucked back into the ribbing itself.

Details

Details

I have been playing with the Voyageur style for another project that I have been working on and given the history that Buffalo Wool Co is attached to – a Voyageur Cap style seemed to be appropriate for them as well.

Grid Lines is a very modern take on the style.  Clean lines and clear colours in the grid format.  A neutral background – undyed Tracks with the bright and deep colours of the squares set off the shaping of the cap.

Fabulous buttons and leather add great details.

Fabulous buttons and leather add great details.

The colour grid makes it easy to gather up the cap into the buttons and leather strapping details!  This is a cap that makes a great fashion statement.

Wear it Fall to Spring and keep warm and stylish!  The pattern will be available starting July 15th.

The more traditional Style Cap - French Voyageur!

The more traditional Style Cap – French Voyageur!

Also just off of the needles and also constructed with Tracks Sock Yarn from the Buffalo Wool Co. is a pair of socks.  Buffalo Falls Socks are constructed from the top-down and start from a picot hem.

Buffalo Falls Socks!

Buffalo Falls Socks!

The buttons on the Picot Hem are the smallest Buffalo Nickel buttons from the Buffalo Wool Co.  They are not sewn on – they are placed with a small crochet hook as you knit – just like a bead.  The socks then move to a combination of two by two ribbing down the back of the leg and a lace ribbing down the front of the leg extending onto the top of the foot to the toes.  The toe has standard shaping and is finished with Kitchener Stitch.

Fabulous miniature Buffalo Nickel Buttons from the BWC.

Fabulous miniature Buffalo Nickel Buttons from the BWC.

The lace rib pattern is called the waterfall lace.  In these socks the pattern is mirrored so that the “water” appears to fall to the center of the socks.

Sophie keeps a close eye on the Wanderers'!

Sophie keeps a close eye on the Wanderers’!

IMG_2394Now meet “The Wanderer’s” – not someone you want to find wandering around your neighbourhood, maybe a little too tough, a little too wild.  But tied up to your toque they would be a little easier to handle.  LOL!

It is a slightly slouchy toque, with the fair-isle patterning and finished with a jaunty pom-pom!  Knit with Buffalo Wool Co Tracks sock yarn and a little of the undyed Sexy 4-ply!  This hat is just the right weight to add a little extra warmth on a cool Fall day.

This pattern will be exclusive to the Buffalo Wool Co.

Happy Knitting

Lynette

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Fascination

 

Fully opened and absolutely perfect!

Fully opened and absolutely perfect!

Roses have fascinated humans for eons.  I share that fascination.  Gardeners have grown and created more varieties of Rose than can be numbered over the centuries.

We are not the only ones fascinated by the Rose.

We are not the only ones fascinated by the Rose.

Poets have written prose; Artists have recreated the Rose in many mediums; Perfumers covet the clear sweet aroma of a classic Rose; Herbalists have myriad of uses for the Rose; And Kings have had the Rose as their Emblem.

Amazing Colours!

Amazing Colours!

The Image of a Rose is set deep within every human culture.  A Rose is Synonymous with both Beauty and Danger.  A Rose speaks to us at many levels.

Multiple petals catch the eye!

Multiple petals catch the eye!

Just as there is a language of flowers - Roses have their own special meaning in that language.

Doubly Perfect.

Doubly Perfect.

IMG_2371The Rose Garden at Bowen Park is in full bloom!  Can you smell them?

Happy Viewing

Lynette

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